Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Evie’s best friend died by drowning when they were young girls, years later a mysterious girl turns up who looks like her long dead friend.
Review: This was such a fun retelling/prequel, it tells the story of how the sea witch from The Little Mermaid came to be. It’s a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen original not the Disney, so you have things like every step feels like knives, turn into sea foam, mermaids have no souls, etc.
I liked Evie a lot, even if she was a little flighty when it came to her romance. I thought her sudden “oh yeah I’ve always loved Nik” thing to be annoying. She spent 90% of the book mooning over Iker but she only liked him so that she wouldn’t be upset because she couldn’t have Nik?? But Iker is a prince too so I just– I just didn’t get that logic. It would have made sense if she was trying to be interested in another commoner but, nope. I think though I was able to forgive this though because it doesn’t have a romantic ending to it.
I liked how Evie was a witch and had to keep her powers hidden because of how witches are feared and hated where she lives. I liked the magic in the book, how everything has a price and sometimes that price is unknown to the caster, especially Evie who is very inexperienced.
I liked the pace of the novel, and how it would have flashbacks to the day that Anna died. I like how Anna planned her return out t the smallest detail. I thought it was such a good twist to it, I really believed she was sweet and not that she was on the path of revenge.
Recommendation: If you like The Little Mermaid and aren’t looking for super sweet happily ever Afters, this is a great choice. I love books from the villains perspective, especially origin stories so I liked this one.
2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A retelling of a classic